Fished up north yesterday on the Bank with a friend and we did real well, lots of bait & fish between 90 & 120 fow so we headed back up there this morning. We got a little late start leaving the dock at 6:30. The temp was 50 degrees top to bottom up there yesterday. Today, after the north wind blowing all night, it was 48 on the surface and 39.9 down 90 feet. We set up in 110 fow in the low 01’s and trolled north working between 90 & 110 fow. The bait and fish that were so plentiful yesterday were gone. We didn’t get our first bite until we were in the 02’s. It was a small Laker on a 11″ White Dreamweaver Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly 75 down on the chute. We hate to throw back the first fish of the day but it was only 18 inches long and had to go back. We hit a nice King 55 down on an out down with a Yeck Wart Frog, but it got away. We started marking some bait & fish in the high 02’s and the action picked up. A 5 color core with a glow spoon took a king and a 3 color core with a Dreamweaver SS Steelie Stomper took a Steelhead. Both our high wire divers went. We took a King on a 10″ Mountain Dew/Cold Steel Big Water Meat Rig out 170 and a Laker on the same flasher with a Cold Steel Dreameaver Cut Bait Rig out 155′. Those were the only 2 bites we had on our divers. Our best action was between the 03’s & 04’s. We didn’t hit any fish in the 05’s so we turned back south. No bites on the south troll until the 02’s when our chute rigger with the White Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly down 75 took another King. We were going to turn back north but hit a fish on the turn and ended up on an out troll. We trolled west to 220 fow and hit 3 more fish on that troll. We didn’t hit any fish on the in troll. We made another out troll and took our biggest fish of the day, an 18.5 lb. King on the chute rigger. Once again the Paddle/Pickled Sunshine combo was our best rig. We had hits on our 3,5, 8,& 12 color cores. No copper bites and only 1 out down bite.
Ludington Area Fishing Reports
After hearing reports of bait and fish on the Bank north of Ludington we decided to try it up there this morning. We ran to 01:50 and set up in 100 fow. The graph was pretty clean. We marked a few small schools of bait on the bottom, but the bait & fish that were there yesterday were gone. We got all our rods set and didn’t have a bite until we got to the 03’s. We almost pulled off the Bank and headed for deep water when a 12 color took a hit. It zipped out some line and was gone. Our 11″ White Crush Dreamweaver Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly set at 90′ on the chute rigger went and we were hooked up with a nice King, the one pictured left. Just as we boated that King an out down set at 55 with a pair of Sportsman SS spoons fired. It turned out to be a good size Steelhead that took the free slider. We took it up to the 04’s before we turned back south. We talked to a couple other boats that were out deep and they didn’t have any better action than we did so we decided to work between the 03’s & 04’s on and off the Bank. The action was never hot, but we hit one triple and boated two out of three, 1 King & 1 Steelhead. A Glow Bloody Nose spoon on a 5 color core went 3 times taking 2 Kings and a Steelhead. A 3 color core core with a Dreamweaver SS Steelie Stomper took a good King . The Paddle on the chute rigger went 4 times. We only had one wire diver bite, a 10 Atomic Spin Doctor/Green Death Big Water Meat Rig out 160 took a King. Our 12 color core went twice. The surface temp was 52 and 40 down 90 feet. Our best speed was 2.3 at the ball on the Fish Hawk probe.